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Resilient Rural Belize’s Habanero pepper value-chain analysis and market assessment workshop held in CowPen

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Posted: Thursday, January 13, 2022. 9:39 am CST.

By BBN Staff: 

The Government of Belize (GOB), through the Ministry of Economic Development and with financing from the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the Green Climate Fund (GCF), has embarked on a six-year Programme, Resilient Rural Belize (RRB), which aims to minimize the impacts of climatic and economic events on smallholder farmers while supporting sustainable market access for their produce.

The Programme will help farmers employ climate resilient agricultural practices and technologies; integrate profitable smallholder participation into the development of select vegetable, fruit, and honey value chains; and support smallholder production capacity through investments in public and private climate resilient infrastructure, and in the strengthening of smallholder farmer Producers Organizations and relevant GOB Departments.

In this regard, a workshop on Value Chain Analysis and Market Assessment for habanero peppers was held on January 11, 2022 by the RRB at the Cow Pen Community Center. The main objective of the workshop, facilitated by Jose Lisbey, Agriculture Marketing Officer and Neri Sans, Monitoring and Evaluation Officer for the RRB, was to present and validate the results on the study conducted for habanero peppers. The value chain was validated with the habanero pepper farmers along with representatives of the different actors within the habanero pepper value chain.

The main participants at the session were farmers of the Chileros del Sur Cow Pen Co-operative and representatives from the financial institution-DFC, agricultural input supplier-BELAGRO, Processor-Marie Sharp Fine Products, and Government- Extension Services and the Department of Co-operatives.

The facilitators of the habanero pepper value chain analysis are local consultants hired by CATIE. This is the fourth commodity of a series of eight commodities that CATIE has been engaged to develop for the RRB Programme.

With the aid of a power point presentation, the facilitators walked the participants through a draft value chain analysis conducted from interviews with habanero pepper farmers, data from the Ministry of Agriculture, Food Security and Enterprise (MAFSE), Belize Agriculture Information Management System (BAIMS), Statistical Institute of Belize (SIB) and the internet amongst others.

In order to validate the draft value chain analysis of habanero pepper the participants worked in four different groups and discussed one of four question each. A member of each group then presented visually using flip chart their findings.

Value Chain analysis and validation will continue for other commodities in other communities as part of RRB’s efforts to enhance resilience among small farmer’s associations.

 

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